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American Domains: USA (.us)

  

Important: When entering your search string don't write “www” or the US domain type, ie. “us”. Therefore to search “www.bb-online.us” enter “bb-online” and nothing else.

The only letters allowed within a domain name are: a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z - 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9. Spaces are NOT ALLOWED.

.us Registration:

To register .us domains your future US domain, click here!

Once the domain is registered

All US domain names registered with us are stored on our international server. Domains registered with us are automatically provided with their own under-construction page - this notifies potential registrants that the name has been acquired and is now registered. The under-construction page is offered free of charge and may be used indefinitely.

It is possible for Web and/or Mail forwarding to be provided for US domains.

Domain transfer/release fees are charged are by a majority of registrars, but BB Online make no charge to transfer a domain to another US domain name registrar.

Background

American business use of its own country code top level domain (ccTLD) is fast growing in popularity

".us" is the official country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for the United States

The ".us" top-level domain (usTLD) was established in 1985 as the official country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for the United States. Today the ccTLD ".us" is administered by NeuStar.

Due to the strong patritism that exist through out America a lot of businesses use ".us" domain names to promote themselves as being American. This inspires the american consumers confidence and hence encourages them to "buy American". Market research has also shown that ".us" names are very popular with consumers for applications like email and personal web sites and digital identity. ".us" domain names are available to citizens or permanent residents of the United States of America (any possessions or territories of the United States of America). Organisations incorporated in the USA can also register ".us" domain names. Government and public interest organizations use .US addresses to enable citizen-centric e-Gov applications and to serve the needs of the American people.

Foreign organisations who have a genuine presence in the USA (or its' possessions or territories) can also register under ".us", this includes a local office or branch.

The registry ask for certain items of information which together form "Nexus Values", (See bottom of the page for more detailed information) these basically catagorise the class of the registrant applying for the domain name. This separates a company from an individual, and a USA citizen from a foreign organisation with a US presence. If you are based outside of the USA, you need to provide your country of citizenship.

Today any U.S. citizen or resident, as well as any business or organization, including federal, state, and local government with a bona fide presence in the United States can register a ".us" domain name.

To be more clear, in order to register a ".us" domain name one of the following eligibility requirements needs to be met:

• "Any entity or organization that is incorporated within one of the fifty (50) U.S. states, the District of Columbia, or any of the United States possessions or territories or (ii) organized or otherwise constituted under the laws of a state of the United States of America, the District of Columbia, or any of its possessions or territories."

• "An entity or organization (including federal, state, or local government of the United States, or a political subdivision thereof) that has a bona fide presence in the United States. See Section B.3.1 of the NeuStar proposal to the Department of Commerce for details concerning what constitutes a 'bona fide presence'."

• "A natural person (i) who is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States of America or any of its possessions or territories or (ii) whose primary place of domicile is in the United States of America or any of its possessions, or"

In order to register a ".us" domain the follwing information will have to be provided. (Please note that this is the minimum required information and aditionall information might have to be added in certain cases):

• The prefered domain name;

• The name and postal address of the domain name Registrant;

• The name, postal address, e-mail address, voice telephone number, and (where available) fax number of the name holder and technical contact for the name registered;

• The IP address and corresponding names of the name servers for the registered name (both primary and secondary);

• The Registrar name and URL or, where appropriate, the identity of the delegated manager under whom the name is registered;

• The creation date and term of the registration;

Nexus Category 1

A natural person (i) who is a United States citizen, (ii) who is a permanent resident of the United States of America or any of its possessions or territories, or (iii) whose primary place of domicile is in the United States of America or any of its possessions.

• Statement of citizenship or legal permanent residency required. If not completed, registration will be rejected.

Nexus Category 2

A United States entity or organization that is (i) incorporated within one of the fifty (50) U.S. states, the District of Columbia, or any of the United States possessions or territories, or (ii) organized or otherwise constituted under the laws of a state of the United States of America, the District of Columbia or any of its possessions or (including a federal, state, or local government of the United States, or a political subdivision thereof, and non-commercial organizations based in the United States).

Nexus Category 3

A foreign entity or organization that has a bona fide presence in the United States of America or any of its possessions or territories.

• Applicant must state country of citizenship.

• Applicant must also (1) regularly engage in lawful activities (sales of goods or services or other business, commercial or non-commercial including not-for-profit activities) in the United States; or (2) maintain an office or other property within the United States.

 

Important Note:
Some domain names may be classified by the registry as a premium domain name and will command a higher price. If you request a premium domain name we will contact you before completing your order.

In addition, the registry may at any time reserve domain names from registration or the sale may be restricted to comply with ICANN requirements.

.us is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for the United States, established in 1985. Registrants of .us domains must be United States citizens, residents, or organizations, or a foreign entity with a presence in the United States. Mst registrants in the country have registered for .com, .net, .org and other gTLDs, rather than .us, which has traditionally primarily been used by many state and local governments (although any entity had the option of registering a .us domain). In particular, the domains .gov and .mil have been reserved for U.S. government usage.

The original administrator of .us was Jon Postel of the Information Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California. He administered .us under a sub-contract USC/ISI had from SRI International (who held the .us and the Generic top-level omains contract with the United States Department of Defense) and later Network Solutions (who held the .us and the Generic top-level domains contract with the National Science Foundation). Registrants could only register third-level domains or higher in a geographic and organizational hierarchy. The vast majority of the geographic sub-domains in .us were delegated to various private entities and .us registrants register with the delegated administrator for the level they wish to register in, not directly with the .us administrator. Unfortunately this means obtaining a geographic sub-domain requires contacting the delegate, who may or may not be professional or helpful.

From April 2002, second-level domains became available for registration. The .us domain is currently administered by NeuStar Inc. under a United States Department of Commerce contract.

Since the official release of .us as a second-level domain, it has been adopted and developed by a number of private corporations and local citizenry. The .us country code is no longer in the exclusive realm of only governmental agencies.


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